Sunday, January 21, 2018

Ommmmm!


Hi Crafty Friends,

This is about as close as I will ever get to yoga, I tried it once with my sister in law and it definitely isn't for me! But when I saw these cute little frogs I had to bring them home.

On the left hand corner of the card I used one of the dies from the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Mixed Media Thinlits and I crated a background piece using brusho's.  The white panel has been die cut using the new ModaScrap Dashing Rectangles die from Elizabeth Craft Designs.


Here is another look at my card taken at a different angle.


For the inside of the card, I stamped another one of the frog and added a birthday sentiment. There are a number of sentiments included in the Yoga Frog stamp set, but I wasn't sure if I had a use for the card if I used them, so I ended up using it for a birthday card.

Stamps: Frog Yoga - Stampendous
Paper: White; Black
Dies: Dashing Rectangles - Elizabeth Craft Designs; Mixed Media - Sizzix; Happy Birthday - Simon Says Stamp
Other: Black Ink; Leaf Green Brush Color Crystals; Foam Tape; Copics



Saturday, January 20, 2018

Stuck on You


Hi Crafty Friends,

It’s challenge time with the “Crazies” over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. As our challenge hostess for the month I continue to issue the challenges.

Being the third Saturday of the month it is time for a sketch challenge.





I ordered the Concord and 9th Stuck on You stamp set with coordinating dies sometime before Christmas. Well I finally received them about a week or two ago so of course I had to take them out to play! I thought it would work perfectly with this week's sketch challenge.

I also recently ordered some Wood Effect Patterned Paper, I am not sure what happened but somehow I ordered 3 packs of it LOL, so I am sure you will be seeing it make an appearance on my cards for a while :). Just as well I like the paper!


For the inside of the card I used Karen Burniston's new Spinner Square Pop-up die set, which is a lot of fun! the rectangle piece that the cacti is adhered to next to the sentiment, twists up behind the sentiment as it is closed and then when you open the card comes down so you can see it. I am sure I am going to have lots of fun using this in the future. I already have an idea to use this for something else. 



Here is another look at the inside of my card, this time when it is partly open. You can see how the cacti is moving behind the sentiment.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the “Crazies” cards over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and also their individual blogs for more details.


Supplies:




Stamps: Stuck on You - Concord & 9th
Paper: White; Brown; Rust; Blue; Wood Effect Pattern Paper Pack - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Dies: Spinner Square Pop Up Card - Karen Burniston; Stitched Circles; Fitted Circles - Elizabeth Craft Designs; Stuck on You Coordinating Dies - Concord & 9th
Other: Black Ink; Foam Tape; Copics

Friday, January 19, 2018

It's Good Coffee





Hi Crafty Friends,

If you haven't heard the new already, Karen Burniston has 18 new dies being released on the 1st February. All of the new dies are up on the website ready for pre orders, you can find them here

Today I am excited to share a few of the new dies from Karen Burniston's 2018 Pop-up Collection.



This card uses the new Coffee Cup Pop-up die set which comes with a gift card holder at the back of the coffee cup. This is such a fun die set.


It's always hard to decide which dies to use first when you get a bunch of dies at the same time, but as I had received a coffee themed paper pad for Christmas I decided to use this die set first.

As always when Karen designs a die set she thinks of everything we might need, napkin, stirrer, coffee beans etc. 



I used the coffee cup charm from the new Coffee Charms die set to decorate the front of my large pop-up coffee cup.

Along each edge I added a stripe of white cardstock, used one of the trims from the Cake Trims die set to edge both sides of the cardstock and then added a row of coffee beans.



For the sentiment I used the Word Set 5 - Royalty die set to cut the It's Good part. This set comes with some sentiments and a fishtail banner. I placed my cutting plate up to the "d" in the word good, so that it wouldn't cut the whole sentiment. Then I carefully removed the sentiment without moving the fishtail banner and continued die cutting.

I stamped the "coffee" word onto the banner and added the die cut coffee bean.



Here is an overhead view of my card so you can see the whole card at once.


Here you can see how the gift card keeps in place, depending on how wide your card is you can have more or less of the gift card sticking out the right hand side.



And finally the front of the card. I used the new Happy Birthday sentiment die using the large label from the Katherine Label Pop-up to layer the sentiment. I also added a few coffee beans and two more small coffee cups from the Coffee Charms die set.

Links below to all the new products and the supplies I used for this card.


Supplies:
Karen Burniston:



Other:
Stamps - Honey Bee Stamps Perfect Blend Clear Stamp set
Paper: White; Pink; Brown; Crazy for Coffee Paper Pad - Your Next Stamp
Brown Ink
Foam Tape


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Baby, It's Cold Outside!


Hi Crafty Friends,

It's challenge time with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog. Liz Williams our challenge hostess for the month, continues to issue the challenges. 

“Baby, it’s cold outside!!” Use an image showing a winter garment.

It has been sometime since I have created a block card and when I used to make them I had a lot of measuring and cutting to do. Fortunately I recently discovered a die from Spellbinders which creates this style of card, so my daughter got it for me for Christmas.

To decorate my card I decided to use this cute bear which even has a couple of winter sweaters which is from a freebie stamp set from a magazine I got sometime before Christmas. The magazine is Creative Stamping Issue 50, the stamp set is designed by Hunkydory and comes with a number of different critters and winter clothing, sentiments etc. As one of the sentiments in the stamp set was the theme of this challenge ... of course I had to use it.


Here is a look at the back of my block card. I added a birthday sentiment, also included in the stamp set, the present and some snowflake buttons. I have also added snowflake buttons to the top of the card.


Here is another view of my card taken at an angle, so you can see how the card looks.


And of course it folds flat so you can pop it in an envelope to mail to the recipient if needed.

Don't forget to check out the CCEE Stampers blog (goes live 12 AM EST) to see the rest of the creations the CCEE Stampers created this week. You can also see more details of their creations on their individual blogs:


Stamps: Winter Warmers - Hunkydory (Magazine Freebie)
Paper: White; Red; Bow Ties Thumb War - Basic Grey
Dies: Baby Step Block Card - Spellbinders
Other: Black Ink; Snowflake Buttons; Black Glaze Pen; Foam Tape; Copics


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

ECD Design Team Focus on New Release - Susan's Garden



Hi Crafty Friends,

Today the Elizabeth Craft Designs Design Team are doing another Focus on New Release blog post on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog. This time around we are focusing on Susan's Garden who has just released 8 brand new dies. Susan's Tierney-Cockburn designs flower dies that are realistic, just like those we find in nature.

For my card today I have used the new Garden Notes - Cornflower Bachelor Button die set. I die cut all the pieces from White Soft Finish Cardstock and then colored each of the pieces with copic markers and PanPastels. After shaping each of the parts of the flower I adhered them together using Kids Choice glue.

I created my card using the Stitched Squares and Fitted Squares die sets for the layers. For the white layer, I embossed half of the card using the Dancing Leaves Embossing Folder. On the other side of this panel I adhered a piece of patterned paper from the ModaScrap Color of Puppies Girl Patterned Paper Pack. This was all adhered to a top folding square card.

I stamped the Celebrate sentiment which is from the A Way with Words Happy Birthday Collection Clear Stamp set to the lower right hand corner of my card.

I adhered the flowers onto a white oval die cut using the Stitched Ovals die set and layered this onto pink cardstock die cut using the Dotted Scallop Ovals die set. After arranging the flowers to my card I then added the some branches using the Garden Notes - Leafy Berry Branch 1 die set which I die cut from brown cardstock and then added Nuvo Drops for the berries.


Of course I always like to decorate the inside of my card when I create a card. I used the Stitched Squares and Fitted Squares again for the layers. I stamped another sentiment from the A Way with Words - Happy Birthday Collection Clear Stamp set.

To finish off the inside of the card I trimmed a piece from one of the Garden Notes - Leafy Berry Branch 1 die set to the lower right hand corner of the card.

Don't forget to visit the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see what the other Design Team have created using the Susan's Garden new release dies.


Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:



Other:
Cardstock - Pink, Bright Pink, Brown
Black Ink
Oyster Grey Nuvo Crystal Drops
Copics

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

ECD Design Team Focus on New Release - Becky Seddon



Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a masculine card using a few of the new Becky Seddon dies which are b being released by Elizabeth Craft Designs today. Check our Elizabeth Craft Designs Design Team Focus on New Release - Becky Seddon blog post for even more inspiration using these new dies. 

For my card I die cut a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock using the largest square from the Fitted Squares die set. I created the background using distress oxides ink. I created a stencil using the flourish included in Becky Seddon's Vintage Gentleman die set which I sponged onto the background using distress ink. This was then spritz using a distress sprayer so that the background was subtle.

The background square was layered onto a black cardstock piece die cut using the Stitched Squares die set. 

For the base of my card I used the postage square included in the Lake Scene die set. I adhere a top folded 5 1/2 inch square white card to the back of this panel.


To decorate my card I used the gramophone from the Vintage Gentleman die, die cutting it from White Soft Finish Cardstock and then coloring using inks. This was adhered to the lower left hand corner of my card.

The "For You" sentiment is from the Take Time For You die set, I trimmed of the "I" which was attached to the top of the sentiment and then adhered this to the top right hand corner of my card.

To finish the card I added a few music notes also from the Vintage Gentleman die set.



For the inside of my card I stamped the "Happy Birthday" from the A Way with Words - Happy Birthday Collection Clear Stamp set to the centre of the card.

I die cut two flourishes from the Vintage Gentleman die set, sponged them with brown ink and adhered them to the card.

Don't forget to visit the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see what the other Design Team have created using the Becky Seddon new release dies.

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:




Other:
Cardstock - White; Black
Inks - Black Ink; Walnut Ink Distress Oxide; Fossilised Amber Distress Oxide; Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide; Fired Brick Distress Oxide; 
Foam Tape





Monday, January 15, 2018

Best Year Ever


Hi Crafty Friends,

I am playing with a couple more things I received recently for Christmas. I just love this cute stamp set from Mama Elephant.

I created a Gatefold Shutter card using the Nellie Snellen Magic Card Round die set. When you open the card, the circle at the centre top opens up.


To create the background for this card I used Hero Art's Waves Stencil using Wild Honey; Spiced Marmalade and Candied Apples Distress Oxide Inks.

I added the dancing lion, kids and ornaments to the front of the card.

The sentiment is from MFT Stamps Good Fortune stamp set.

To finish off the front of the card I added Nuvo Drops in red and yellow.


Here you can see when the card is partially open and the sentiment in the top centre circle is only partly seen.


One final photo of my card when it is closed laying on my desk.

Stamps: Lion Dance - Mama Elephant
Paper: White; Red
Dies: Magic Card Die Round - Nellie Snellen;
Other: Black Ink; Wild Honey Distress Oxide; Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide; Candied Apples Distress Oxide; Hero Arts Waves Stencil; Scan N Cut; English Mustard and Red Berry Nuvo Crystal Drops; Foam Tape; Copics


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Best Friends


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am playing with a few more new toys I received for Christmas. First the card base which was die cut using the Tattered Lace Tri-fold Card die set. This card is WAYYYYYY bigger than I was expecting it to be, it is basically A4 in size, it comes with lots of decorator dies which I didn't use except for a few to add the layering. Maybe next time I will play with some of the other pieces in the set.


Here is another view of my card taken at a different angle, so you can see all the folds in the card. To decorate my card I used Art Impressions/Hampton Arts Aged to Perfect stamp set.


Stamps: Aged to Perfection - Art Impressions
Paper: White; Dark Pink; DP - SU
Dies: Tri-fold Card - Tattered Lace
Other: Black Ink; Scan N Cut; Pink Ribbon; Foam Tape; Copics



Saturday, January 13, 2018

Quacky Birthday


Hi Crafty Friends,

It’s challenge time with the “Crazies” over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. As challenge hostess for the month, I continue to issue the challenges.


Apparently today is Rubber Duckie Day … let's celebrate by including a duck or two on our cards this week. Don't have anything duck related what about chickens, geese, turkeys etc.


For my card today I have finally  pulled out an EK Success stamp set that I have had for ages and not used .... I had actually forgotten about the set until someone else used it for something last year .... I think it was last year!

As you can see I have created a pop up card. I used Karen Burniston's Cupcake Pop-up Card die set for my card and cover the cupcake with a rectangle piece of card which I also decorated to match the background of the card. 

I used the Nature Edges die set to add the grass along the bottom and the clouds along the top edge of the card.


I added a "duck" theme sentiment to the rectangle on the pop up which is from a SugarPea Designs stamp set and I computer generated the "Quacky Birthday" sentiment.


For the front of the card I have again used the duck images as well as the grass and clouds that I used on the inside of the card.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the “Crazies” cards over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and also their individual blogs for more details.


Stamps: MM Friend - EK Success; Quackers - SugarPea Designs
Paper: White; Blue; Watercolor Wishes Paper Pad - Lawn Fawn
Dies: Cupcake Pop-up Card; Nature Edges - Karen Burniston
Other: Black Ink; Lawn Fawn Mermaid Ink; Foam Tape; Copics


Friday, January 12, 2018

Looking Sharp


Happy New Year Crafty Friends,

I hope 2018 brings you everything you wish for and more!!!!

I recently purchased a new Spellbinders Platinum 6 die cutting machine which was on special and to get free postage I had to spend another $11 so I went looking at the dies and found this fun Sizzix Cactus Fold-A-Long Thinlits die set which was on special. As I had been thinking about this die set for some time, I popped it into my cart along with one more die 😀.

Shhhh don't tell anyone, but I unboxed the die cutting machine and tested it on this card and then packed it up again so it could go under the tree hehe as my other two machines were making a mess of it.


When you pull the card open it reveals an accordion card with a smaller cacti in the centre. I love those sunnies and that sentiment, which will come in handy for my other cacti stamps/die I have.

Paper: White; Green; Pink; Black; Brown; DP - SU
Dies: Cactus Fold-A-Long  - Sizzix